PREP TIME 25 MINUTES COOK TIME 22 MINUTES ADDITIONAL TIME
1 HOUR 58 MINUTES
2 HOURS 45 MINUTES
• 4 cups milk (see note)
• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
• 1 3/4 tablespoons instant yeast (see note)
• 4 large eggs
• 11-13 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
• 2 cups lightly packed brown sugar
• 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
• 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
• 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 2 teaspoons maple extract/flavoring
• Pinch of salt
• 2 pounds powdered sugar
• Cream or milk for consistency
1. For the dough, heat the milk in a medium saucepan until the milk is scalded (which is basically heating it until right before it simmers – it will start steaming and little bubbles will form around the edge of the pan). Pour the milk into the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the dough hook (or you can do this by hand with a large bowl, wooden spoon and lots of elbow grease).
2. Add the butter, sugar and salt. Mix until the butter is melted and let the mixture cool until warm but not hot.
3. Add the yeast and eggs and mix until combined.
4. Gradually add the flour until the dough clears the sides of the bowl. The exact amount will depend on the temperature, humidity and how you measure flour. I usually end up adding just under 13 cups of flour.
The dough should be soft and just slightly sticky without leaving a lot of residue on your fingers. Let it
knead for 2-3 minutes.
5. Transfer the dough to a large, lightly greased bowl. Cover with lightly greased plastic wrap and let it rise until doubled.
6. Divide the dough in half. Roll each portion of dough (it’s soft enough to be patted and stretched with your hands) into an 18-inch by 12-inch rectangle. Spread one stick of softened butter over each rectangle.
7. Stir together the brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle half of it over each rectangle. Pat it in slightly with the palms of your hands. Starting with one long end, roll up the cinnamon rolls as tightly as possible, pinching the seam lightly to seal.
8. Working with one long log of cinnamon roll at a time, using a serrated knife, cut it in half. Then cut each half in half again (forming four equal portions). Cut each of the four portions into three rolls – twelve cinnamon rolls total. Repeat this with the other roll – you’ll have 24 cinnamon rolls total.
9. Place the rolls evenly spaced on a parchment-lined large, rimmed baking sheet about 11X17-inches (or 12X18-inches). I space the rolls 3 across, 4 down. If the ends have come free, carefully tuck them under the cinnamon roll.
10. Cover the pan with lightly greased plastic wrap and let the rolls rise until double. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
11. Bake the rolls for about 18-22 minutes until only very slightly golden on top. Let the rolls cool almost completely in the pan before frosting.
12. For the frosting, in a large bowl, whip together the cream cheese and butter. Add the vanilla, maple and salt and mix until combined.
13. Gradually add the powdered sugar (if you add it all at once, be prepared for a huge snowstorm in your kitchen) and mix until thick and creamy. Add cream or milk a tablespoon at a time until the frosting is smooth and spreadable to your liking.
14. Spread the cinnamon rolls with frosting.
15. To freeze, once the cinnamon rolls are completely cooled, use a spatula to carefully transfer a single
cinnamon roll to a quart-sized ziploc bag. Seal the bag with as little air inside as possible and freeze for up to a month. To reheat, remove the roll from the bag (it’s easier than it seems – it will pop right out!) and warm on a plate in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
These rolls turn out far superior if you use whole milk but you can make them with 2%.
Also, if you don’t have instant yeast and want to use active dry, up the amount to 2 1/2 tablespoons and dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup water with a pinch of sugar. If doing this, you’ll need to add a bit more flour than if following the recipe using instant yeast.
Makes 1 to 1 1/2 Dozen Rolls
2 cups warm water (110 to 115 degrees F)
2/3 cup non-fat dry milk (instant or non-instant)
2 Tablespoons dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup butter, shortening or margarine (butter is best for flavor)
5 to 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, or bread flour
oil for bowl
In bowl of stand mixer with flat attachment combine water and milk powder; stir until milk dissolves. Add yeast, then sugar, salt, butter, egg, and 2 cups of the flour. Mix on low speed until ingredients are wet, then for 2 minutes at medium speed. Add 2 more cups of flour; mix on low speed until incorporated, then for 2 minutes at medium speed. (Dough will be getting stiffer so switch to kneading attachment at this point). Work in the remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough is soft, not overly sticky, but workable and not stiff. (You probably won’t use all the flour).
Scrape the dough off the sides of the bowl and pour about a tablespoon of vegetable oil down the sides. Rotate the dough ball so that all sides are covered. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm place to rise until double in size (about 45 minutes). Flour a surface for rolling out the dough and turn the dough out. Roll and cut as desired and place in a greased pan. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and place in a warm place to rise again until double in size, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place the rolls in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden. Brush tops with melted butter immediately when removed from the oven. Serve warm with honey butter.
NOTE: The Lion House cookbook suggests rolling the dough into a rectangle that is 8 inches by 12 inches then cutting that once down the middle the long way, then cutting that into two inch wide strips (to make 12 2 inch by 4 inch strips). Then just roll the strips up from their short end and place into the pan seam side down. It will look like you rolled individual cinnamon rolls and placed them in the pan on their sides.
LION HOUSE HONEY BUTTER
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup honey
Whip softened butter. Add vanilla and honey gradually. Beat for 20 minutes. Makes 1 cup.
I’d like to make these in my crockpot over Christmas.
SLOW COOKER CINNAMON ROLLS
Recipe source: 12 Tomatoes (on Facebook)
Dough: (or 1 batch 30-Minute Dough, optional)
- 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups warm water, divided
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 (3 oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature
- 2-3 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a small glass, pour yeast into 1/2 cup warm water and stir together. Let sit 5-10 minutes, or until mixture is frothy.
- Combine 2 1/2 cups flour, yeast mixture and remaining warm water, maple syrup and salt in a large bowl or mixer.
- Mix until a shaggy dough comes together, gradually adding more flour until dough is smooth.
- Let dough rest 10 minutes, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
- For the filling: whisk together brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl and set aside.
- Roll dough out to a large rectangle of 1/8-inch thickness and trim off uneven edges.
- Brush melted butter over the dough, leaving a 1/4-inch border around the edges, then sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over the butter.
- Take the long side of the dough and tightly roll it away from yourself to create a long log.
- Pinch the seam firmly so the edges stay together, then cut off a small piece from both sides so the edges are even.
- Cut roll into 8-10 equal pieces, line your slow cooker with aluminum foil, and place cinnamon buns swirl side up in the foil.
- Layer up two layers of paper towels and place them over the slow cooker. Put the lid on and turn slow cooker on HIGH. Cook for 1 1/2-2 hours.Note: begin checking rolls at 90 minutes to see if they’re still doughy or not.
- For the frosting: in a large bowl or mixer, cream together cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract until creamy.
- Alternate between adding powdered sugar and heavy cream until desired sweetness and consistency is reached.
- Extract aluminum foil from slow cooker and transfer cinnamon rolls to serving platter. Drizzle frosting over the top and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Creme de la Crumb
I got this recipe sweet-tasting cornbread recipe is from my friend Shauna, who got it here.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch square pan.
- Melt butter in large skillet. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended. Combine buttermilk with baking soda and stir into mixture in pan. Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until well blended and few lumps remain. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.